Fashions by Monique
Years In Business: 1
Number of Employees: 1
Elevator Pitch: Fashions By Monique- It’s what they wish they were wearing when they see you in it.
As part of our follow-up to the progress the Daughters of Zion CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting the weekly Entrepreneur of the Week award. When asked why Monique Wade was selected as the entrepreneur of the week, Dr. Gerald Kiner, PhD declared, “ I’ve seen women in her clothes and it’s not one time that I’ve not been blown away by what I was looking at. I am so impressed by Monique Wade’s online designer fashion store. There are thousands of online stores but I’ve never seen any that has the style and feel like you are actually shopping in an upper scale department store like Fashions By Monique. To know that less than a year ago this woman started with nothing – she started with no money, no ideas, no help and has built a fashion empire that blows my mind. She is most definitely worthy of being entrepreneur of the week because if she can do it- we all can do it. I thank her so much for giving us such a great example of what just the thought of wanting to start your own business can manifest.”
Monique Wade answered several questions for the entrepreneur of the week.
Q: What is the name of your clothing company and how can people access it?
A: The name of my clothing company is Fashions By Monique. You can access it by visiting my website fashionsbymonique.com
Q: How did you start your business?
A: As I was sitting at my desk a few years ago thinking I remember trying to find something to wear to church in the local stores and would often get frustrated because with the modern day church most of us in my age group the local stores were not selling “church attire” particularly for young ladies who were leaders in the church and in frustration as a leader in my church I thought I’ve been taught well if you see a need for something that is missing be the link to fix it. So I created an online fashion store to fix it.
Q. What’s your vision for it?
A. My vision is to bring class and kingdom apparel back to the church. We are royalty, we are the church, the body of Christ. While I strongly believe clothing doesn’t identify you it is a very strong expression of who you are and we can show the beauty of God through our apparel.
Q: What’s a success story you would like to share?
A: My success story is to hear the joy behind one of my church members who when she purchased from my online store she expressed even greater confidence that came upon her from the designer line. I like to see the women of God smiling feeling good about themselves and again while clothes don’t make us it does boost the self esteem so to see another lady express the joy and show self esteem was even higher was my success story.
Q. What separates your online store from the thousands of others online stores that’s out there?
A. What separates my online store is that it’s designer wear – from Lily and Taylor tally Taylor line to Dorinda Clark Cole to Giovanna to Dianna Couture Devine Sports and Vinci mens and so much more.
Q. How has the DOZ impacted your business knowledge?
A. Wow- the Daughters of Zion Masterclass teacher, Dr Kiner, is an amazing and phenomenal man leading a phenomenal organization. The teaching has broadened my understanding and shined light on dark areas of business that I had no idea about, from administration to being proactive to thinking out of the box.
Q. What would you say to other business owners about the Daughters of Zion Community Navigator Pilot Program?
A. I would say to other business owners the longer you wait the more you miss thus the further you are behind to accelerate. And the amazing thing is you can start right where you are.
Q. How has your faith impacted you as a business woman?
A. My faith has most definitely been increased. The master classes’ information we get is beyond unexplainable. It gives you structure, hope, desire for success and hunger. Once you hear the information it gives you a faith to say failure is not an option.
Q. What would you say to a fashion conscious shopper out there trying to make a decision on whether or not to make a purchase from your online store?
A. Think about your value and this actually came from one of my customers she said “I’m worth investing in.”